The Minor in Maritime Archaeology

Maritime Archaeology is an interdisciplinary field of study, global in scope, focusing on the investigations of human interactions with the seas, lakes, and rivers through the excavation and documentation of submerged settlements and coastal facilities, wrecked vessels, lost cargoes, and human remains. The program integrates technology, such as side-scan sonar and undersea robotic vehicles, and science with traditional archaeological and historical studies. The minor introduces students to the development and application of current and future methods of exploration, research, and management of maritime heritage sites and resources.

The Aunt Polly Connecticut State Archaeological Preserve.  Photo by David Robinson.

Minor Requirements

18 Credits hours of course work
Minimum GPA of 2.0 held in all required courses

Required Courses

Both of the Following Courses

  • ANTH 2501 – Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH 2510 – Methods in Maritime Archaeology

One course from the Science/Technology Field

  • GEOG 2300 – Introduction to Physical GEOG
  • GEOG 4500C – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • MARN 3230 – Beaches and Coasts

Nine related credits from History/Anthropology/Maritime Studies

  • ANTH 3902 – North American Prehistory
  • ANTH 3904W – Ethnohistory of Native New England
  • ANTH 3701 – Lithic Technology
  • ANTH 3990 – Field Work in Archaeology*
  • HIST 2100 – Historians Craft
  • HIST 3544 – Atlantic Voyages
  • MAST 3991 – Internship in Maritime Studies

*Students may count either ANTH 3990 (if 6 credits are taken) or MAST 3991 but not both for this category. There is a limit of six credits for fieldwork in this category.

NOTE:. A maximum of 3 credits towards the minor may be transfer credits of courses equivalent to University of Connecticut courses. Substitutions are not possible for required courses in a minor.